Video Reveal of Ferrari FF – Four Seats and 4-wheel Drive. What?

Friday January 21st, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: Derek

Ferrari FF Ferrari FF: A 660-hp people hauler

This is the all new 2011 Ferrari FF, a 4WD replacement for the old 612 Scaglietti. It has a new 6.2L V12 that makes 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm ! As for torque, it’s rated a robust 504 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.

The FF has 4 seats and a 4RM system that’s the same as a 4WD but lighter. The few sounds you can listen to are accelerations, launch control, burnout and wheelspin, upshifts (it has a double clutch gear box now) and downshifts !

Oh, yes: And it’s a hatchback!

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Paris Motor Show News: Ferrari 599 Roadster Goes Topless

Friday September 24th, 2010 at 10:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

Ferrari 599 SA ApertaThe Ferrari SA Aperta will be unveiled formally at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30, where the full spec will be announced.

During the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California earlier last month, Ferrari held a very private event for customers to show them the 599 Roadster.

Ferrari’s North American head Marco Mattiachi hand-picked potential buyers to come down and check out the new model and made them sign non-disclosure agreements. Those who were invited had to leave their cell phones and digital camera at the door before they could be in the presence of the Ferrari 599 Roadster.

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China's Luxury Car Market Booms – Chinese Women Drive Ferrari Sales. Wait, WHAT?

Monday May 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

China FerrariFerrari and other luxury automakers are looking East for new sales

If were not able to snap up a Ferrari 599 GTO before they sold out, maybe a woman in China bought Ferrari’s newest super car from right under your nose. According to, Chinese Women are driving Ferrari sales in the People’s Republic of China. 20 percent of the 220 Italian super cars were sold to women this year. In the West, only five percent of Ferrari’s sales are to women.

Ferrari is hoping to at least double sales in the PRC. China has weathered this recession much better than we have in the U.S. and its wealthy elite are chomping at the bit to buy luxury cars.

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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Ferrari Auctions F430 For Abruzzo Earthquake Relief

Tuesday June 2nd, 2009 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Ferrari F430

It wasn’t big news here in America, but last April there was a devastating earthquake in Northern Italy, and Ferrari is doing something to help. Ferrari announced last week that the last F430 ever to be built will be up for sale at the upcoming RM Auction, with all proceeds going toward rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged Abruzzo region.

Wearing a special silver and gold paint scheme which reflects the traditional colors of Aquila – the city hit hardest by the earthquake, the last F430 will also come with a certificate signed by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, along with a commemorative plaque. Not only does the lucky auction winner get a very special F430, but they will also have the final say on the rest of the F430’s specs and will also have access to Ferrari’s Carrozzeria Scaglietti catalog.

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Ferrari to Cut Workforce By 10%

Friday December 12th, 2008 at 12:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Uh-oh … more signs that the world economy is not in the best of shape comes from Maranello, Italy, where Ferrari (makers of the best cars in the world) has announced that they are going to lay off 10 percent of their workforce.

Ferrari says that there’s no financial crisis, they’re just being proactive. Luca di Montezemolo, the capo di tutti capo, says the move allows Ferrari to respond quickly to markets that might have otherwise waited years for cars. Luca explains further: “Of course the economic problems are being considered. It depends how long this crisis goes on, if this is close to the end or not. Because we will see a different world out the other side.”

Yes, well, obviously … other out there will take this as some sort of sign, that Ferrari is a canary in a coal mine sort of signal.

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Mercedes-Benz Says Auf Wiedersehen To V12 Engines

Friday December 5th, 2008 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

A great man once said that, and boy is it ever right in this day and age … Seems that the mighty Mercedes-Benz is going to be ditching their huge displacement, whomping-stomping V-12s and will begin using blown V-8s for all of their high performance needs. Hey, nothing wrong with that. Head down to the local drag strip to see how much grunt you can get out of 8 cylinders. And besides, V-12s are sort of an Italian thing, more than a German. MB’s move seems to follow (mirror?) BMW’s ditching of the naturally aspirated V10 in favor of a twin-turbo V8 for their top models. So say Auf Wiedersehen to Mercedes models currently running the company’s 6.0-liter V12: the S600, CL600, SL600, S65, CL65, and SL65.

However, if you DO get the chance town drive or own one of these beasts, I won’t tell you it’s a bad idea (if you can afford it). Sure, they’re not as light and revvy as a Ferrari V-12, nor is the note as operatic, but like everything Mercedes makes, they feel like they’re as tough as an anvil (and twice as heavy); very similar to the V-12 Mercedes provided to the Luftwaffe to install in their Messerschmitt Bf 109.

Only without the Rheinmetall-Borsig cannon mounted between the cylinders.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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Nissan Out of Detroit AND Chicago Shows

Tuesday November 25th, 2008 at 10:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

File this under “Uh-oh!”.

In another worrying sign, and hot on the the heals of Suzuki, Nissan has just announced it is pulling out of the North American International Auto show in Detroit. not only that, they’re also pulling out of the Chicago show too. So that now gives us a list of Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, and Nissan that aren’t interested in showing at Detroit.

What none of these car companies, or journalists have been able to explain is: Why? Why pull out of the biggest car show in the biggest car market in the world?

Some companies have simply scaled back and reprioritized things; a lot of them shuffled big debuts off to the Los Angeles show, but that’s only a half-answer at best.

Frankly, I don’t have a handle on it. It’s not like Detroit is going to disappear. Even in some ultra-free market/Stephen Colbert nightmare, the Earth isn’t going to open up and swallow Detroit whole. Say things get as bad as they could. By this time tomorrow, GM, Ford & Chrysler have completely shut down operations and fired everybody. Sure, huge economic catastrophe, but the city, and the workers and the factories will still be there. Something would be done with them, it’s not like Detroit (and Lansing and Flint et al) would just dry up and blow away like some mining boom down in Nevada, circa 1892.

So, Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, and Nissan, what gives?

Source: AutoBlog

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